Video: Review The 2020 Striper Migration

See how the striped bass migration played out in 2020 and gain insight into the season ahead.

The Stripers Are Coming!

Every winter, anticipation builds for the arrival of migrating striped bass. Each year is different, and exact timing seems to be strongly influenced by water temperatures along the Atlantic coast.

By tracking fishing reports from charter captains, contributors, and readers at, we have been mapping the striped bass spring migration from the Mid-Atlantic to Maine since 2015. Each year has been very different and provided some interesting insight into the timing of the striper migration.

Here’s how the striped bass migration played out in 2020. With the mild weather we’re enjoying so far in March, we might see the striped bass migration get moving a little sooner in 2021.

What do you predict for the 2021 Striped Bass Migration?

Follow this year’s migration as we update our maps weekly as spring progresses this year.

26 on “Video: Review The 2020 Striper Migration


    The video’s do not load. hardly an inticement to sign on.

  2. Noah

    Every year it gets worse. Sure pockets of fish are out there. If your 60-90 years old you know its going down again. Sos. Rinse lather repeat. Catch and release only super spawns are rare.

  3. Nick

    It gets worse and worse because we treat the fish like garbage when we catch them. Observe how people handle the fish when caught on the beach. If we are more mindful well have better fishing for everybody.

  4. Chris coppola

    They need to ban commercial striper fishing and restrict party boats I’ve been fishing them for 30 years I can remember the size was 37 in where keeper fish back in the Glory days

    1. Save the planet

      I agree 100% make it like Puerto Rico ban commercial fishing boats.

  5. James McLamb

    You want to save the stripers you have to kill every Cormorant in the Watershed that feeds the Chesapeake Bay and hay all the watersheds on the East Coast any place where stripers have their fry the cormorants destroy every single one I seen thousands of cormorants right below the dam on the Susquehanna River just awaiting the hatch

  6. James McLamb

    Cormorants are the destruction of the striper population not people

  7. Capt Brown

    Unfortunately those were the spawning ones we should have been returning. Now we are left with smaller fish to spawn and reproduce the fishery.

  8. Pete

    Fishing been good , let’s work on proper release . One fish provides enough meat for a family of four so we don’t need to keep One fish per person, 30 inch fish is the best eating size

  9. Duane Chapmam

    Responsibility lies on us to take a vested approach to responsible handling and prompt release for undersize fish. It’s your future fish so be a responsible angler. responcible

  10. John M Swanson

    Cormorants, or any other natural predator are not the problem, and don’t kill every single juvenile fish. If we stopped polluting, overharvesting the food fish such as Menhaden(bunker) and the stripers, stopped destroying the beaches with dredging, and had the same rules for all the Atlantic states that the stripers migrate along, the cormorants, and stripers, and flounder, and every single creature would do just fine, and not miss us at all.

  11. Scott Cochrane

    Learn what we did/do in Florida. Because of a massave RedTide bloom, we just closed the “Keeper seasons” for most backwater saltwater species, ie snook, sea trout and redfish. It took several years for the population of these dudes to rebound, but that time has arrived. They are BACK. State wants to reopen, but us fishers say NOT YET. Bottom line is DO NOT THINK ABOUT THE PRESENT, BUT ABOUT YOUR FUTURE FISHING. The ability to enjoy the experience vastly outweighs any instant gratification that you may receive. GO CCA!!!!!

  12. Jose, Daniel Espinoza, Jr

    How about in the Monterey Bay or West coast side, when’s the migration there,

  13. Back bay Mike

    Fishing sucks anymore. Gets worse every year. Glory days are gone.

  14. Bob

    I agree think about your future, so you all want to increase the quantity and quality. Yet people fish for them along their breeding runs like the Hudson river. you have breeding fish being taken home , this should be the first thing to be done… stop fishing period leave them alone let them breed.
    yes control the Cormorants and the seals would also be ideal but good luck with that the people on the hill in Washington are more worried about their own pockets .
    one more thing before I get off the soap box – make all the Washington politicians have the same insurance and retirement program WE have .
    then they fix it……

  15. Billybob

    How about the North Caroline’s boats in our waters when our season is closed?

  16. Old Cape Salty

    Im against keeping fish recreationally or commercially, but with that said I have some news for everyone…Striped Bass dont always frequent the same areas year after year. Sure, some will be there of course but this outstanding fishing everyone expects doesnt happen year after year…Do your research, Over 100 years ago when Striper clubs began, they noted “good years” and stretches of years when it was “poor”…sometimes even going 10 years with it being “much slower” than normal…This was before heavy commercial harvest and before the masses of anglers we see today…There is an ebb and flow to Striped Bass populations and trajectory in terms of where they frequent…Yes, of course they migrate north and go past New York, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, etc…but to think they have to be exactly where we all predict is a bit naive…Im not disagreeing, that the population is not as robust due to overfishing, just simply stating that there are masses of fish out in the abyss that we never see…For example, the last few years there have been schools of big fish as far as the eye could see at Stellwagon Bank…But not as many giant schools inshore of Cape Cod Bay…are these the schools that are always in Cape Cod Bay? We just dont know…Dont give up hope just yet…I might also add that many fisherman these days dont fish as smart as they could…They want instant/constant results and thats not how fishing works…There are many fishermen out there that will attest some years are not as good as others but one thing is for certain, these fishermen still manage to catch a few cows each season…Happy Fishing!!!

    1. Mark V

      Spot on Old Cape Salty! I couldn’t agree with you more. Back in the mid to late ’60’s we caught some monsters from the surf at Plum Island, and then it started tailing away in the early to mid ’70’s all the way up to the late ’80’s. Then it really took off again in the mid ’90’s.
      So no question that it not only goes in cycles, the stripers also don’t always return to the same areas.

  17. Brent Charter

    The stripers have been spawning in the same rivers for years. Yes the hudson river where I’m originally from is a huge body of water and it seems like the fish have changed there spawning routine. Every year like clockwork in mid April when the water hit 52 degree we would start catching schooled. As there became more daylight and the water warmed up we started getting some bigger fish. I’m going back 30 years ago. The fish came up the river in sizes. When the migrating fish started to show up after a week or two of the schooled from last year, they would be in sizes. First batch would be from 15-25 lbs for a week or two then consistent fish over 20lbs with more and more 30lbers mixed in. Then a solid week of hogs, it was just a matter of being there at the right time when they came through the area you were fishing. For a good 15 years the striper fishing was world class.In peak of the season After work between 4pm and 8 pm we would catch upwards of 60 fish with none of them under 15 lbs and a handful over 30lbs. Over the years we’ve caught a few over 40 lbs with the biggest being 53lbs 11oz. Well them days are long gone and have been gone for a good ten years now. The fishing pressure is horrible. Guys started running down riggers and dragging 10lb balls through the tight schools. Then you got the guys that keep every damn fish they catch. We would keep one or two males around 15 lbs a year and that was it. The fishing completely changed. When we started in the 80s it was us and at most 5 other boats. Well now I’ve counted 130 boats just in the one spot I fished. It’s just not the same anymore. I hope that the fish just got smarter and that the smaller catches isn’t contributed to the lack of fish

  18. patrick brown

    party boat cod fishing in the 70S the pool winners were 50-60 pounders .A 10 ib cod you threw back now a 15-20 pound cod is a big fish pol winner .Well we can not take some species of now .O r be forced with extinction later

  19. Joey

    When commercial fishing starts here in massachusets I’m going to cry.
    I’ve nearly lost everything during this pandemic.
    I’ll finally going to be able to support my family.
    I’ll kill as many as I have to to pay the bills.
    So take care of the fish guys
    So I can kill them in the future

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